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It is with profound sadness that we recognize the passing of our Executive Director, J. Mark Beard, on January 2, 2017. His commitment to Habitat Craven County, his enthusiasm for the work he did and the leadership he provided to our affiliate will be greatly missed.

John Mark Beard

John Mark Beard


John Marcus “Mark” Beard, age 51, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017. Born in Nash County, September 20, 1965, he was the son of John L. Beard and Ann Waters Beard.

Mark graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School and East Carolina University. He was founder of Beard Company Homes in Rocky Mount and for the past five years he served as the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Craven County. He loved life and everyone he ever met. Wherever he went, he would always find someone he knew. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Thankfully, he is now with his Savior in Heaven.

Mark leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife Melissa Dawnn Beard, his son, Benjamin and daughter, Elizabeth. He is also survived by his parents, John L. Beard and Ann W. Beard, his uncle Michael J. Beard, his brother Chris Beard (Kathy), and his nephews, Christopher and Jonathan Beard.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM at First Methodist Church in Rocky Mount. The family will receive friends and relatives at 1:00 PM at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the family for: Special Account, Melissa D. Beard, State Employees Credit Union /LGFCU, P. O. Box 3200, New Bern, NC 28564.

Building Hope in Craven County

Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Craven County has been building homes, community, and HOPE.  Habitat for Humanity of Craven County  has changed the lives of 59 families locally, and 42 families internationally. We partner with hard working families to assist in the purchase of their own home.

You don’t need to go overseas to serve in the mission field.  You don’t have to leave home at all.  Just open your front door. Opportunities for service exist right here in Craven County.

You can change the world – one house at a time when you support Habitat for Humanity.


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